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>>> rupert murdoch says the phone hacking scandal is not ultimately his fault. this hour, the rivetting testimony about the broken trust, the shattered ethics and those who should pay for alleged crimes. stand by. hackers say they turned the tables on murdoch's company, tap into internal e-mail and other corporate secrets. they're threatening to go public with what they found. and president obama embraces a bipartisan compromise that could potentially, at least, be a way out of looming debt crisis. he's urging house republicans not to waste their time on a symbolic vote due to happen very soon. i'm woft blitzer here in "the situation room." >> rupert murdoch says this is the most humble day of his life. a titan of news business, he was called on the carpet before the british parliament today over the phone hacking scandal that shocked and afalled the world. along with a son and former chief executive, murdoch was hammered with questions about alleged crimes that brought down his popular tabloid, "the news of the world." >> we felt ashamed of what had happened and wanted t
in a moment here. let's start with this. rupert murdoch and his son were supposed to be the focus of a british parliament hearing today in london but they were upstaged momentarily by an intruder who somehow managed to get very, very close to the murdochs, too close as you're about to see. watch. so no official word yet as to who exactly that guy in the plaid shirt was. we know he was shouting you greedy billionaire, but he pushed a plateful of shaving cream into rupert murdoch's face before he was grabbed, first by his wife, if you watch it, not in this shot but you can see she was wearing that bright pink jacket, and then by authorities. they did take a quick break. he then continued jacket off to answer questions before parliament's committee on media, culture and sports. so the members wanted to know this, how much did rupert murdoch and his top executives know about the phone hacking by reporters on his payroll, how closely he followed day-to-day operations. the newspaper closed because of this whole thing. and how responsible he feels about this entire affair. >> do you accept that ultim
call for an investigation of rupert murdoch's media empire as the company pays a new price for its phone hacking scandal. could a massive probe now under way in britain happen here in the united states? and the obama money-maybing machine. who's behind the cash and can the republicans compete? >>> president obama and the congressional leadership are under enormous pressure right now, about 40 minutes into their latest round of debt crisis talks. they haveless than three weeks until the deadline to raise the legal limit on the federal debt. and by all accounts, they're still very far apart. what if anything emerges from this meeting? consider the very dire warnings from the chairman of the federal reserve. ben bernanke using very strong words today, telling congress that the global financial system would be thrown into enormous disarray. that's a direct quote, if the u.s. treasury is deadbeat on its debt. >> ff we went so far as to default on the debt, it would be a major crisis. the treasury security is view as the most safest and liquid in the world. it's the foundation for much o
. >>> two weeks before the united states may plunge into financial crisis. plu, media mogul rupert murdoch is just hours away from being grilled and lambasteds by british law makers and now a whistleblower in the growing phone hackl scandal reportedly is dead. and a 77-year-old man defends his home and family from an intruder with a gun. stand by for the dramatic story. that's even more compelling because -- get this -- he's a member of the united states congress. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> the u.s. defaulting on its debt for the first time in history? we can't state it enough, this has enormous consequences for all of us, and time is quickly running out to prevent what the president calls armageddon. let's check in with kate baldwin. she's standing by with the latest. where do the negotiations stand right now? >> the two top republicans in the house. no official readout from the white house, but president obama says we are making progress when asked today by reporters how the debt talks were going when he was leaving an event in the rose garden. on the part of s
again to strike a deal to raise the debt limb. media mogul rupert murdoch is summoned in to face lawmakers who are investigating phone hackers within his media empire. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." all right, bargaining over america's debt under way right now. president obama went into the fourth round of talks in recent days, upping the ante. he's suggesting that failure to reach a deal by the august 2 deadline could immediately cost many americans who rely on a government check to get by. they're meeting inside the west wing as we speak. what's the latest. >> as we speak, wolf, this is really the first time we've heard the president specifically illustrate consequences that will make many americans ears perk up. this as this meeting continues. no cameras allowed today for a photo opportunity as president obama talks with the top eight democrats and republicans in the house and senate is an impasse over tax increases continues. >> as an impasse over tax increases continues. president obama illustrated a nightmare scenario where social security payments stop going out
media scandals straight, please? >> if you blinked today, you'd miss something. if rupert murdoch thought getting to the weekend and closing down the news of the world the sunday tabloid read by about 5 million people in this country was going to draw a line in this scandal, he was sorrily mistaken. news today that the prime minister, the former prime minister, gordon brown, may have had information by reporters not from the news of the world, in fact, but from another paper in the same stable of newspapers, that is the news international family. i've just got a tweet from -- from his wife, sara, who said so sad to learn all i am about my family's privacy. it's very personal and really hurt if it's all true. now, the allegations are that reporters from the sunday times newspaper may have tried to get information from his accountants and his banks and tried to get medical records on one of his sons who sadly has cystic fibrosis. really a quite dreadful and scandalous part of a big scandal. wasn't just the biggest guy out there today who may be a victim of this targeting. charles an
for rupert murdoch and his media empire rocked by shame. today, talk of new investigations from washington to london. >>> we are keeping a close eye on wall street and who could be good news for your investments. stocks appear ready to rebound from nagy worries. ♪ ♪ i'm a rocket man >> the space shuttle "atlantis" awaken to elton john, first singing and then delivering a message of personal thanks. >>> rupert murdoch built a media empire on the power of selling a scandal but now it's his mighty news corporation that is under siege from london to washington. a prominent u.s. senator jay rockefeller wants to know if u.s. citizens fell victim to sleazy or illegal news gathering so he is calling for an investigation amid reports that victims of the 9/11 attacks are among the nearly 4,000 people who had their phones hacked. the outrage is crushing. over the past week, the media giant has lost nearly $7 billion in market value. and the political damage is mounting. today, britain's prime minister meets with the family of a murdered little girl after a murdoch newspaper allegedly hacked her c
.m. on the west coast. i'm kyra phillips. thanks for joining us. >>> rupert murdoch facing new allegations of slesing reporting tactics. two more of his newspapers engulfed in scandal. live images now as two crew members from the international space station begin a lengthy list of chores. >>> cia plot revealed in the chase of osama bin laden. we will tell you about the fake vaccination drive to collect dna samples. >>> we begin this morning with the most powerful media empirs in the world rocked by a scandal that grows deeper and wider. two more of rupert murdoch's newspapers in great britain now face their own accusations of appallinging wrong doing. their report target no less than the royal family and a former prime minister. in fact, gordon brown says the paper had links to criminals in order to hack into his bank accounts. and the medical records of his seriously ill son. meanwhile, members of parliament are demanding tough answers from police. how do they not uncover a hacking conspiracy that could mushroom to thousands of victims? let's get the latest from rivers live in london. the
:00 am out west. british tabloid news of the world should down, owner rupert murdoch, the murder victim's family, says has not apologized. >>> urgent talks on how to slash spending head back to the table today. >>> we begin with more stunning allegations against british tabloid "news of the world." "the daily mirror" is reporting that staffers with the now defunct paper tried to hack into the phones of 9/11 victims. owner rupertmurdoch arrived in london. zain verjee has all the details. >> british tabloid "the mirror" is quoting a former new york city cop that's making these allegations that "news of the world" journalists tried to hack into the mailboxes and voice mails of victims of 9/11. now, this former cop says he was contacted by "news of the world" journalists who said they would pay him to retrieve these phone records right the way through and to 9/11, calls to the relatives, to give them the ability to see exactly who the victims were talking to up until 9/11. this former new york city cop is now a private investigator and he is saying, according to "the daily mirror" report, t
up to speed for this tuesday, july 12th. >>> calling rupert murdoch to testify about the growing scandal that's engulfed his newsnews empire. senior executives will appear. and parliament also summoned murdoch's son james and former "news of the world" editor rebecca brooks. >>> in london today, the parents of murdered teen milly met political leaders in parliament. salley and bob say the phone hacking investigation nuft look at politician's ties to the media, and dowlers say it fueled this. they were given false hope she was alive. it led to other disclosures of hacking or hacking attempts that reached all the way to the royal throne. >>> well, stocks are treading water today. the dow chips have been moving between positive and negative territory all morning. the dow jones down about 16 points or so. investors are perhaps taking a breather on negotiations over the debt ceiling playing out in washington. >>> president obama says there's a groundhog day feeling at the white house. he and congressional leaders immediate again today to work on a deal to raise the nation's borrowing
outrage over private information that found its way into rupert murdoch's newspapers in britain. let me say for the record that journalists are supposed to dig up information and just because somebody considers something private doesn't necessarily mean it's not newsworthy. but the murdoch scandal centers on alleged illegal phone hacks and bribes to police to get phone numbers, voice mails and documents from literally thousands of celebrities, politicians, members of the royal family, even murder victims. it's cnn's in-depth story of the week. today, former british prime minister gordon brown says murdoch papers got hold of his family's bank records. here's what brown told the bbc. >> i think what happened pretty early on in government is that the "sunday times" appeared to have got access to my building society account, they got access to my legal files, there's some question mark about what happened to other files, documentation, tax and everything else, but i'm shocked, i'm genuinely shocked to find that this happened because of their links with criminals. >> brown's predecessor refl
empire. will rupert murdoch keep his crown? we'll discuss that later. now back to the top story, the partisan gamesmanship ramping up in debt ceiling talks. did they accomplish anything tonight? >> i wish i had a different answer than i had last night but again no breakthroughs today. i'll tell you that going into today's meeting the prospects from the perspective of capital reaching a deal, the prospects really seemed grim today. both sides hardening in their positions. inside the white house, inside this meeting, we are told by eric cantor as he returned to the capital following a meet, inside this meeting, the president laid out in further detail his plan for entitlement reforms, that eric cantor, the number two republican in the house, that he said the republicans could actually support, but here's the big "but" unfortunately, but they're still not budging on the issue of taxes. and democrats are insisting on new revenue, on tax revenue. so hence why i say no breakthroughs again today. another thing discussed in this meeting was this new proposal being pitched out there by t
the last issue on sunday, the scandal hitting rupert murdoch's newscorp. keeps widening. we'll explain. what's this option? that's new. personal pricing now on brakes. tell us what you want to pay. we do our best to make that work. deal! my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> former drug addicts and cancer patients paying tribute to a woman ahead of her time. first lady michelle obama will be among those honoring her legacy. memorial services are scheduled this week, one on thursday at the ford presidential museum in grand rapids, michigan but the first is being held tomorrow in palm desert, california. straight to sandra indoe who's there and joins us now. when you talk to people, do you get a sense betty ford touched their lives by simply being betty ford? >> absolutely. that's it. people who met betty ford say she was so real. she's real and outspoken. for a lot of the residents, she and joe ford were long-time parishioners at the church behind me. that's where the first of two memorials will be held tomorrow. a lot of the residents say remember her for her vivacious character and her
" on the stands rupert murdoch arrived in london today. his company's british subsidiary closed it after news that they hacked the phone of a teenager who was dead. >>> a strong earthquake rocked japan's northeastern quake. today's 7.1 tremor prompted tsunami add advisories later canceled. there are no reports of injuries or damage. >>> china no longer a rising world power. instead china has arrived. those words today from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen in beijing in a four-week visit. china's growing military strength comes with an obligation to the world. >> greater military power must come greater responsibility, greater cooperation and just as important, greater transparency. without these things the expansion of military power in your region rather than making it more secure and stable, could have the opposite effect. >> this china trip is one of admiral mullen's final acts as joint chiefs chairman. he retires this fall. now to the white house where in just four hours, heated deficit reduction talks could further intensify. president obama and congressional
" on the stands, rupert murdoch is hoping to limit the damage to his media empire. murdoch arrived in london today. his company's british subsidiary closed yours truly news of the world" after reports the newspaper hacked the phone of a missing teenager who was later found dead. stay with us for reports from london later on this hour. >>> a strong earthquake rocked japan's northeastern coast today. this is the same region devastated by a quake and tsunami earlier this year. today's 7.0 tremor prompted tsunami advisories that were later canceled. so far there have been no reports of injuries or damage. tremors were felt as far away as tokyo. >>> china no longer a rising world power. instead, china has arrived. those words today from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen. he is in beijing on a four-day visit. mullen told a university audience china's growing military strength comes with an obligation to the world. >> with greater military power must come greater responsibility, greater cooperation and just as important, greater transparency. without these things the expansion
. but the hacking scandal tainting rupert murdoch's media empire keep exploding. two more murdoch newspapers now accused of trying to tap into the personal information of a former british prime minister. and pakistan's reaction to news that the united states government is cutting millions of dollars in military aid. i'll talk to the country's ambassador to the united states about the growing tension and the impact on the war on terror. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the federal debt is soaring high or above the limit almost by the second. and president obama is vowing to hold daily negotiations to raise the ceiling if that's what it takes. another round of talks broke up just a little while ago without repeat any break through. with 22 days left the president says he won't accept the stop gap plan to prevent america from defaulting on its debts. he used a news conference this morning to challenge both parties and to lay down some markers. >> i will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension. that's just not an acceptable approach. and if we think it's going to be hard
. rupert murdoch arrived in london meeting with the chief executive of his newspaper division, rebekah brooks, headed up "news of the world" and murdoch is publicly backing her, insisting she didn't know what was happening. the final edition of the paper was published yesterday. 5 million copies were printed, that's nearly twice the usual run. the paper also issued a full page apology. dan rivers is live in london this morning with more on this. a lot of people wanted to get their hands on that final edition. >> yeah. it's ironic, isn't it? a paper that has been the subject of such revulsion here, and public outcry, when they announced they were putting out that final edition they had to double the print run, such was the demand. i suppose many think of it going to be a piece of history, really. it's been going for 168 years. it is an institution here. now news perhaps victims of 9/11 could also have been targeted by the illegal practices of the "news of the world," hacking into their phones. this has not been confirmed by cnn. this is coming from a newspaper here, a rival tabloid, "th
're digging into tonight. the scandal that won't go away. in britain, new allegations against rupert murdoch's news corp. is the sun about to set on his empire? >>> is she after the white house? i'll talk to the man who wrote the book on sarah palin. he said if she decides to run, she'll win. >>> then pulling the plug on pakistan. we're holding back hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. will that make them a better ally or push them into the arms of our enemy? >>> joining me now from capitol hill to discuss the top story we've been talking about, is cnn congressional correspondent kate bolduan. have they had any breakthrough in the negotiations? they just talk, talk, talk. >> i often feel like i'm repeating myself. we have to tell you, there's no breakthroughs to report this evening. the meeting at the white house lasted about an hour and 45 minutes. i'm told from congressional sources that the focus was largely on the framework that had kind of been identified and come to pass in the biden talks. these are talks that were bipartisan talks that lasted for weeks and fell apart. republicans
of the news of the world is due out in a few hours from now. rupert murdoch is expected to arrive in london to deal with the hacking scandal that forced the paper to shut down. journalists are accused of illegally tapping into the voice mails of crime victims and bribing police. >>> across america, people are remembering betty ford for her resilience, courage and her candor. the former first lady died yesterday in rancho mirage, california. her family by her side. she was 93. cnn's thelma gutierrez is in rancho mirage. what has been the reaction there, thelma? >> reporter: well, of course, fredricka, one of sadness. betty ford was part of this community for so many years. but people here are also celebrating her life and her legacy, the legacy she left behind with the betty ford center. she died yesterday afternoon. and her family, her children were here at her side. they have been mourning in private, but they released statements a short time ago saying that mother's love, candor, devotion and laughter enrichard our lives and the lives of the millions she touched throughout the great natio
and the seat is waiting. hours from now, rupert murdoch and his inner circle are set to face tough questions about the media empire's hacking scandal. >> order! >> find out what to expect. plus, casey anthony vanishes after walking free. >> caylee! caylee! >> but is it truly possible for anyone to just disappear? sunny hostin is on the case. and the president picked her to create an agency designeded to protect consumers. but when it opens for business, elizabeth warren won't be in charge. in fact, she won't even be involved. joe johns has the "political pop." >>> and welcome back. hour two, house republicans set to vote tomorrow on a plan to balance the federal budget. look, a lot of folks are saying it's political theatre, wasting valuable time as the clock continues to tick, tick, tick, toward a potential government default. we think hey, let's take a look at what's being proposed here. to help me do that, mark zandy, h he's a chief economist for moody's. we hear a lot of times about the stellar aaa rating. we are awaiting, as i mentioned the fine print on this republican legislation. but
" continues right now. >>> i'm kiran chetry. rupert murdoch's media empire under fire. his reporters how accused of illegally invading the privacy of britain's former prime minister as this hacking scandal widens. we're live from london ahead. >> i'm ali velshi. much of the country literally feeling the heat and relief from the summer scotcher may be days away on this "american morning." >>> and good morning to you. thanks so much for being with us on this "american morning." it's tuesday, july 12th. christine has the morning off. >> we've got a lot of news this morning, including some breaking news out of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reac
came out. allegations its staffers hacked into the phones of celebrities. rupert murdoch was seen reading the last ed igts. told 200 people laid off they can apply for jobs elsewhere in the company. a report from london, straight ahead. >>> britain's prince william and his wife catherine are heading home after their whirlwind tour of california and canada. the royal newkne newlyweds left an inpregs. prince william hailed the troops that he called the front lines of a remarkable relationship between the u.s. and britain. >>> a nasa space shuttle is now docked with the international space station for the final time. the "atlantis" is delivering supplies and spare parts. it will return to earth in two weeks marking the end of nasa's shuttle program. >>> all right. it is oppressive. it is unrelenting, and it is getting downright unsafe out there. i'm talking about the heat, of course, in many areas. they are or will be under heat advisories. turning to our meteorologist jacqui jeras to show us where the intense heat will be, jacqui. >> it's terrible and covers so much of country. over
" on stands, rupert murdoch is hoping to limit the damage to his media empire. murdoch arrived in london today. his company's british subsidiary closed "news of the world" after reports the newspaper hacked the phone of a missing teenager who was later found dead. >>> in india 13 cars in a packed train jumped the tracks today. rescue officials confirm 28 deaths already and say that number will likely rise as they search the wreckage. more than 100 people are reported hurt. >>> and the public will have two chances to say good-bye to former first lady betty ford who died friday. the first service will be held tuesday in palm desert, california. the second, two days later in michigan. she will be laid to rest alongside her husband on the grounds of the ford presidential museum in grand rapids. >>> atlantis, welcome to the international space station for the last time. >> so far, so good as the shuttle docks with the international space station. the four astronauts received a hearty welcome aboard from the station's current crew there. they have brought along a year's worth of supplies and it's go
of the world is part of the rupert murdoch media empire. several employees have already been interviewed by police. the "new york post" calls the allegations deplorable and unacceptable. rebecca brooks, the editor of "news of the world" at the time says she is, quote, sickened that these events are alleged to have happened. >>> also, actor hugh grant says he's the latest celebrity to be hacked by the tabloid. he spoke to richard quest today and richard joins us. he'll be joining us in just a little bit. and interest what hugh grant has to say. >>> now, after a decade and a half on the run, accused boston gang boss james "whitey" bulger is back in court today, being arraigned for his alleged role in 19 murders. he pleased not guilty to all of the charges against him. bulger was the head of a south boston irish gang and was the inspiration for the character portrayed by jack nicholson in the movie "the departed." >> when i was your age, they would say we could become cops or criminals. what i'm saying is this, when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference? >> allegedly bulger was
listening to them giving her family and friends thoughts that she was still alive. rupert murdoch has not apologized to them and they're pretty upset with the paper's, quote, self-congratulatory" issue. here oh's what the president said on the last day. >> it's really been a great day, a wonderful newspaper. >> now there are accusations that the newspaper also bribed police officers and hacked the phone messages of terrorist victims. >> the u.s. is withholding $800 million to pack stab. its's a smack down for them expelling u.s. military trainers. they hope holding all the money back will create pressure on them. >>> here's fake for you. $47 million. nearly two oust every $10 americans took in last year came from the government in if form of job else benefits, food stamps and social security. when extended benefits go away by the end of this year, some $37 billion won't go into people's accounts and won't go into the economy. time now for reynolds wolf in a atlanta. any flight days? >> not yet but they're sure to come. there are song strom storms coming. possibly major delays for chic
the investigation to other companies and rupert murdoch is back in the united states after facing tough questions from members of the british parliament. analysts believe murdoch and his son james managed to cape the damage to their company news corp. but the damage is jaw-dropping as how sleazy some of tactics were. cnn a cnn's deborah feyerick. >> reporter: like the "news of the world" it appears every one everywhere was fair game. actors. business tycoons. royals. prime ministers. politicians. all potential front page fodder caught up in a type of scandal driven journalism that bordered on blood sport. allegedly involving hacking, tracking and outright bribes. >> they very much crossed the line and they didn't just do it once or twice. we are not talking about a single rogue reporter. apparently, it happened at least 4,000 times. >> reporter: media executive bonnie fuller has been the driving force behind magazines like "star" "us weekly." you have a much stronger takedown culture in the british tabloids. they are much nastier than anything you would find there and they do look to tear down pe
of the newsstands were sold out of the paper. the question is, right now, what's going to happen to rupert murdoch? he made an appearance at news international, the parent company of news of the world. briefly cameras caught him driving in with his suv there, but the question is, is this going 20 have is a trickle it down effect on his other media companies, and the big thing i want to point out here is that, you know, the main point of contention, it's one thing if you go after celebrity, political figure, public persona, but the thing is -- if you're going after your viewers, your readers, that's a whole other ball game. you know? that's what was the tipping point for a lot of this. >> the prime minister is really upset about its operations. we'll see. because i was told by someone who has legal knowledge that this is going to be a huge deal playing out. >> absolutely. not over yet. >> moving on talking about another story. a cruise ship in russia, sinks. one person dead. 88 missing? and 88 missing or 84 dead? how many are dead here? >> this is the thing. you have this double-decker cruise ship.
into whether rupert murdoch's media empire went too far here in the u.s. they want to know if any americans had their voice mail hacked by a news corps newspaper. the allegations are already under investigation in britain where the scandal began. the struggling oprah winfrey network is getting a new ceo, oprah winfrey. she'll take the top post this fall. and she's combining the new los angeles-based channel with her chicago-based production company, harpo studios. winfrey says she wants to "unleash the full potential of the network". parents in some cases should lose custody of their severely obese children. that's a suggestion from a doctor and researcher at harvard university. they say the move may be justifiable because of the health risks to the child and the parents's chronic failure to address them. that controversial idea is in the journal of the american medical association. and hare potter and the deathly hall lows part two has already racked in $25 million in the u.s., and it hasn't even opened yet. it's all from presales. the movie opens friday. so cooper. >> yeah. >> have you been h
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